Lisa Nandy (Shadow Foreign Secretary) Will he (Dominic Raab) provide an updated assessment of the implications for national security of the involvement of Huawei in the 5G network? Will he make a similar assessment in relation to the planned nuclear projects involving CGN, in particular at Bradwell? Alan Brown (Kilmarnock and Loudoun) (SNP): The action that the Secretary of State has announced for BNO passport holders is welcome, but it does nothing to bring China to book. The reality is that global Britain is so weak with regard to China because it is reliant on CGN for nuclear and on Huawei for 5G. If he wants to prove me wrong, will he rule out any future deals with CGN for nuclear power stations? Dominic Raab: The open investment culture that we have in this country constantly needs to be kept under review. We have seen it with Huawei and we will look at it in other areas. However, the reality is that it is also a source of this country’s strength, so I do not accept for a second the hon. Gentleman’s suggestion that Britain being an open and outward-looking country, and welcoming investment, is somehow the reason for what has happened in Hong Kong.
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I’ve never had any illusions about the nature of the Chinese regime, but I used to think that constructive engagement was the best policy. Not anymore. Not after the Covid cover-up, or the crushing of Hong Kong, or the aggression against India or the latest news from Xinjiang about a Uighur sterilization campaign. Our policy must now shift to one of protective disengagement. Not becoming technologically dependant on Chinese providers is the obvious place to start. Quite rightly, the British government is coming under intense pressure to u-turn on its policy of allowing Huawei to build our 5G networks. But another key concern is nuclear power. According to a Populus poll conducted for the China Research Group (an organisation of British Members of Parliament), only 12% of respondents agreed with the statement “I would be happy for a Chinese company to build a nuclear power station in Britain” — 62% disagreed. Unfortunately, it’s already happening. The Chinese company CGN is key part of the consortium building Hinkley Point C in Somerset. But while it’s too late to stop that horrendously expensive mistake, there’s still time to say no to Sizewell C in Suffolk. This nuclear new build project also involves CGN — and it too is horrendously expensive. The Financial Times reports that the latest cost estimates are “higher-than-expected”. Those of us who complained about the price tag on Hinkley were told that as the first of its kind, the project would pave the way for major cost reductions on subsequent power stations. But Sizewell C throws that into doubt and we aren’t even close to getting the final bill yet. At least with Huawei’s 5G offer, we’d be getting some advanced technology for our money. However, the same cannot be said for the EPR nuclear reactor design, which has been knocking about for years. The first such construction project, in Finland, started in 2005. Therefore, by the time that Sizewell C is meant to open in 2031, the technology will be more than a quarter of a century old.
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The UK has to stand up for democracy’: Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy tells John Pienaar China should be excluded from the UK’s nuclear construction sector and 5G network.
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The Labour Party has taken a harsher line on China in recent weeks, offering support for Hong Kong opposition protesters and criticising the government in Beijing for its new national security law. Lisa Nandy on Wednesday said that China should be removed from involvement in UK 5G network and nuclear power projects over ongoing controversy surrounding Hong Kong. Speaking to the Times Radio, the UK shadow foreign secretary said that the commonwealth needs “far greater strategic independence” from Beijing and that national security concerns need to be reassessed. She stressed that the UK should focus on “homegrown” alternatives for energy and high-speed internet supply.
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China should be removed from UK’s 5G and nuclear power networks amid Hong Kong row, say Labour. The UK needs to phase out Chinese involvement from its 5G and nuclear power networks amid the row over Hong Kong, according to Labour. Shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy said we need “far greater strategic independence” from Beijing and reassess the national security implications. Speaking to Times Radio she said Britain must find “home-grown alternatives” to implement super-fast internet amid ongoing controversy over the award of a contract to the Chinese firm Huawei. “I don’t think we should be handing over large chunks of our energy infrastructure, especially our nuclear energy infrastructure, to a country that’s behaved in such an aggressive way towards the UK and the people of Hong Kong in recent weeks,” she said.
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